Archives for November 2008

Callaway leaves for Ohio

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The Cason J. Callaway picked up a cargo of limestone in Calcite, Michigan and arrived here with it on Friday evening. It was the 18th trip to the Twin Ports this season. After discharging the limestone at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth, it moved over to the CN Dock to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut, Ohio. The Callaway departed the Twin Ports for Conneaut late Saturday afternoon (above). When not working at Lake Superior ports, it visits many other ports to pick up and discharge a variety of cargos. Among them are Gary, Escanaba, Cedarville, Green Bay, Buffington, South Chicago, Stoneport, Toledo, Sandusky and, of course, Calcite and Conneaut. Photo taken on November 29, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-30-2008

James R. Barker exits with iron ore pellets

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The James R. Barker left the port on Friday afternoon (above) with a cargo of iron ore pellets for South Chicago. The pellets were loaded at the CN dock in West Duluth. As happens sometimes, it was originally scheduled to load coal directly across the St. Louis River at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, but the schedule was changed. Earlier this month, the Kaye E. Barker made 4 trips from Duluth to Taconite Harbor and Marquette. The St. Clair will pick up the local run later today when it arrives to load coal for the Minnesota Power Hillside Substation at Silver Bay. It will be back again on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, each time to pick up coal for Silver Bay. Winter is on the way and Silver Bay will be ready. Photo taken on November 28, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-29-2008

See you next week, American Integrity

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American Integrity captain Patrick Nelson was out wishing visitors to the Duluth ship canal a Happy Thanksgiving as he departed the port yesterday with a cargo of coal for Detroit Edison. He will bring the thousand footer back next Tuesday for still another load of coal for Detroit Edison. As of now, there are only four more trips scheduled for the American Integrity before its season ends. Photo taken on November 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2008

American Victory in for winter layup

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There are two boats already in winter layup. By the end of winter we usually have about 12. We don’t usually see any boats arriving here for layup until December, and in a good year, until January. We know this is not a good year. The American Victory came in for layup on November 11th. It is seen above at Fraser Shipyards on Wednesday afternoon, nestled back in what used to be called the Frog Pond. More formally, it sits at the berth just north of #1 dry dock. The Edward L. Ryerson is also at the shipyard in Superior. It came in on November 4th. Photo taken on November 26, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-27-2008

Indiana Harbor enters Duluth harbor

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The Indiana Harbor will be here today for the 38th trip of its season. On most of those trips, as today, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy. Today’s cargo will be split between two Detroit Edison power plants, one at St. Clair and one at Monroe, both cities in Michigan. It was built in Sturgeon Bay in 1979 and is owned by the American Steamship Company of Buffalo. The maiden voyage went to Two Harbors, where it loaded taconite for Indiana Harbor, the home of Inland Steel. Above, it is turning into the Duluth harbor this past June. Photo taken on June 13, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-26-2008

Walter J. taking away some Twin Ports ice

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The picture above of the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was taken last December 10th as the big thousand footer was turning toward the Lift Bridge on the way down the lake with another load of coal. You will notice it is taking along some extra weight that we should soon be seeing more of. The McCarthy will be back today for the 25th trip this season, but will load a rare iron ore cargo for a steel mill in Nanticoke that used to be called Stelco Inc. United States Steel Corporation purchased Stelco on August 27th, 2007 and renamed the new division U. S. Steel Canada. Photo taken on December 10, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-25-2008

Morraborg here for first time

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The Morraborg came into port on Sunday morning; its first trip to the Twin Ports since it was built in 1999. It went over to berth 1 (above) at the Port Terminal. Today, longshoremen will begin to discharge heavy project cargo from the boat. The Kaye E. Barker has made the Twin Ports its new home port. It has arrived in port this month on the 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and it is expected again today. It loaded coal for Taconite Harbor on most of the trips and took the same cargo to Marquette twice. Photo taken on November 23, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-24-2008

Vancouverborg enters Duluth ship canal

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The Vancouverborg will be making its 21st appearance in the Twin Ports today, bringing a cargo of beet pulp pellets. Above, it is seen entering the Duluth ship canal on December 7th, 2005. It is one of many ships that Wagenborg Shipping has sent to the Twin Ports. Despite being built in 1999, another Wagenborg ship, the Morraborg, will be making its first trip here today, bringing heavy cargo destined to the OPTI Canada oil sands project in Alberta.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-23-2008

Pineglen is former Paterson

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The Canadian flagged Pineglen will be here today for the 3rd time this season, about the average number of trips for the boat, although it was not here at all last year. It visited many times when it sailed as the Paterson. When the owner, Paterson & Sons of Thunder Bay, went out of the shipping business in 2002, it was sold to Canada Steamship Lines and renamed. Above is a picture of the boat taken in October, 2001 when it was still the Paterson.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2008

Jumbo cargo coming off Jumbo Vision

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One of the big pieces was picked from the bottom of the cargo hold of the Jumbo Vision on Thursday afternoon. There are two, hard to see labels on the piece, called a containment vessel. One says Kobelco, the company that made it in Kobe, Japan. One says NorthWestUpgrading, the destination for all the cargo from the ship in Alberta. Jumbo Shipping, a heavy lift shipping company in Holland, operates the ship that brought the cargo from Japan to Duluth on Monday morning. A variety of companies were involved with the discharge here, most notably Mammoet, a worldwide company that specializes in heavy lift and transportation projects. They brought the 80-tire piece of equipment, and a large crew to operate it, that was about to be moved under the piece in the picture. It would transport the containment vessel to a laydown area in another part of the Port Terminal. The last piece should be pulled from the Jumbo Vision today, after which it will go to Toronto to pick up a cargo of locomotives. Photo taken on November 20, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2008

Jumbo crane helps Jumbo Vision

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Marc Baysinger drove his 220-ton crane up to the Jumbo Vision yesterday to help take some of the ‘smaller’ pieces from the cargo hold of the ship. The ship’s two 400-ton cranes, which are capable of lifting 800 tons together, take care of the larger pieces. Lakehead Constructors, Inc. in Superior operates the crane and employs Marc to ‘drive it.’ The Clure Public Marine Terminal often goes to Lakehead Constructors when they need help moving heavy cargo. Photo taken on November 19, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2008